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Doctors sing to hospital patients between surgeries: ‘Music is Medicine’

Usually, the idea of being in a hospital can be a dreadful thought for most people. Hospitals don’t exactly represent good times. But a couple of surgeons at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota tried to uplift patients through singing. Both Doctor Elvis Francois and Doctor William Robinson are orthopedic surgery resident at Mayo Clinic. And aside from having healing hands, these doctors are also musically gifted.

Earlier this week, Elvis posted a video of him singing Mike Yung’s single “Alright”, while his colleague, William, plays the piano. Another fellow doctor, Dr. Bayard Carlson, recorded everything on video:

The video now reached more than a million views online.

The doctor said that he still can’t believe everything that has happened, adding that it was just them trying to have fun and what they did seem to convey a message of hope, and that’s what they were aimed at.

Elvis said on his Facebook post that “As health care providers we often meet people at their greatest time of need … and sometimes the best gift you can give is a simple reminder that everything will be alright …”

The minute Elvis heard the song “Alright”, he asked William to play around with the song with him.

Elvis and William both received a huge wave of support from different people, such as their colleagues, patients, and even the singer of “Alright” himself, Mike Yung. But the doctors said that the best part of imparting their gift of music is being able to bring light to the lives of their patients when they are going through tough times.

Prior to being a surgeon, Elvis was part of church choirs and is used to singing in a capella groups.

He said that he was inspired by Doctor Franklin Sim, a former doctor from Mayo Clinic who’s now retired. According to Elvis, the retired doctor once told him that: “As a surgeon, it is your responsibility to bear the burden of worry with your patients.”

All doctors spent years studying before becoming doctors. They all underwent training to be recognized as professionals. But Doctors Francois and Robinson haven’t only shown their knowledge of being professional doctors.

When they have tried to cheer up their patients through singing, they have shown something that can’t easily be learned, even in Med School – they have shown compassion in its truest form – something every person going through a hard time needs.

Update: Ellen Degeneres welcomed the singing doctors to her popular TV show. Watch below.

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